Luminosity/SK Gaming (now Made In Brazil) won ESL One Cologne back to back in 2016 and 2017. Now in 2019, the team was eliminated without winning a match. Fnatic defeated MIBR in their opening game, sending them to the losers bracket. Then, the Brazilians faced BIG Clan in a best-of-three, which MIBR lost 2-1. This was MIBR’s worst performance on LAN since the side was acquired by Immortals and changed from SK to MIBR.
Marcelo “coldzera” David explained his thoughts about this showing on Twitter. As a precursor, all responses are in Portuguese and have been translated by a redditor. First, a fan tells coldzera the team defeated itself, and that they aren't a top three team at the moment.
Coldzera took partial responsibility for his team's problems in the reply, and focused on MIBR's future improvement.
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“Our problem is clear," he said. "We're missing skill sometimes when we need everyone. We need to understand how to change up our play-style and not throw the rounds that we cannot lose. All are part of this, myself included. We're trying to find ourselves again, but this time is not like the old days.”
When asked by a fan about his team’s dominant performance in 2017, coldzera responded by claiming the game has changed in the past two years. While relying on skill alone worked back then, that's no longer the case.
In 2019, many talented teams have risen to the top of CS:GO, including Brazilian rivals FURIA Esports, Vitality, ENCE, and many more. MIBR will be back in action for the BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles 2019 from July 13-14.